Hendriksz T, Markman Z, Pera A. An Education in Osteopathic Ultrasonography (AEIOU) Program: One Institution's Approach to Advancing an Ultrasonography Curriculum. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2018;118(11):746–752. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2018.160.
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Advances in ultrasonography (US) have allowed this technology to play an increasingly important role in numerous fields of medicine. It is important that medical schools incorporate this broadly applicable tool into their curricula. Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA has implemented a progressive US curriculum that is intended to complement osteopathic education, keep pace with medical advances, and arm future physicians with the most advanced skills and tools to practice medicine. In this article, the authors highlight the importance of US training in medical education and demonstrate the relative ease, cost-effectiveness, and direct benefit to students of implementing such a curriculum. The authors discuss the specifics of the US curriculum in osteopathic undergraduate medical education and describe how a staged rollout helped the college address the need for funding, faculty, and facilities. Plans for continued expansion, the successful and effective use of peer educators, the outcomes measured from this project, and avenues for further study are also discussed.
Abbreviations: DVT, deep venous thrombosis; FAST, focused assessment with sonography for trauma; IVC, inferior vena cava.
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